Sunday, December 6, 2009

BBC Report: French doctors examined Gilad Shalit

(Ynet).A French medical crew, comprised of four doctors, entered the Gaza Strip last week and examined kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, several reliable media outlets reported Sunday. This was the first time a foreign element visited the captive.

According to the BBC network in Arabic and the London-based Arabic-language al-Hayat newspaper, the crew entered Gaza last Sunday with German mediator Ernst Uhrlau.

The doctors, the reports said, arrived in Cairo and travelled to Gaza through the Rafah crossing. The four physicians, who specialize in different fields, examined the captive in his abductors' hiding place.

The doctors and the mediator arrived in the Strip under unprecedented security measures on the part of Hamas, while Israel Air Force mini remotely-piloted vehicles were flying in the air, the reports said.

Hamas received a guarantee from Uhrlau that Israel would not attack and would not attempt to release Shalit.